Wednesday, September 2 , 2015, 4:16 am | Overcast 68.0º




Manslaughter, DUI Charges Filed in Fatal Forklift Crash Near Santa Maria

Daniel Castillo, 37, arrested after collision that killed two and seriously injured two others east of Santa Maria

A 37-year-old Santa Maria man has been arrested on manslaughter charges stemming from a Thursday crash that killed two people and seriously injured two others east of Santa Maria.

A 37-year-old Santa Maria man has been arrested on manslaughter charges stemming from a Thursday crash that killed two people and seriously injured two others east of Santa Maria.  (Larry Terrones photo)

By Tom Bolton, Noozhawk Executive Editor | @tombol | updated logo 4:57 p.m. |

Daniel Castillo

A Santa Maria man is facing manslaughter and other charges stemming from a collision near Santa Maria on Thursday afternoon that killed two people and seriously injured two others, according to the California Highway Patrol.

Daniel Castillo, 37, of Santa Maria, was driving a large forklift that slammed into a Honda Civic at about 2:45 p.m. on Philbric Road near Betteravia Road, CHP Officer Craig Carrier said.

Castillo, who was southbound, attempted to make a left turn into an agricultural field when he struck the left side of the northbound Civic, driving it into a nearby drainage ditch, Carrier said.

He said the car's driver, Adolfo Pozos Carrasco, 18, of Santa Maria, and a passenger in the left rear seat, Casilda Diaz Pozos, 49, of Santa Maria, were declared dead at the scene.

Two other female passengers — Mayte Carrasco, 40, and Celiset Pozos, 19, both of Santa Maria — suffered major injuries, Carrier said.

One woman was airlifted to Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital and the other was taken by ambulance to Marian Regional Medical Center.

Both were listed Friday in serious to critical condition, Carrier said.

Castillo was arrested on suspicion of manslaughter and DUI, both felonies, and was booked into Santa Barbara County Jail.

The District Attorney's Office charged Castillo with two felony counts of gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated, two counts of driving under the influence of drugs and alcohol causing injury, and great bodily injury. His bail is set at $250,000. 

Noozhawk executive editor Tom Bolton can be reached at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). Follow Noozhawk on Twitter: @noozhawk, @NoozhawkNews and @NoozhawkBiz. Connect with Noozhawk on Facebook.




comments powered by Disqus

» on 09.02.13 @ 03:25 PM

Please dont cover Santa Maria, its never good news.

Support Noozhawk Today

You are an important ally in our mission to deliver clear, objective, high-quality professional news reporting for Santa Barbara, Goleta and the rest of Santa Barbara County. Join the Hawks Club today to help keep Noozhawk soaring.

We offer four membership levels: $5 a month, $10 a month, $25 a month or $1 a week. Payments can be made through PayPal below, or click here for information on recurring credit-card payments.

Thank you for your vital support.

 

Daily Noozhawk

Subscribe to Noozhawk's A.M. Report, our free e-Bulletin sent out every day at 4:15 a.m. with Noozhawk's top stories, hand-picked by the editors.